- an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
- a gift, as to a fund; contribution.
- the act of giving, esp to a charity
- a contribution
early 15c., from Old French donacion (13c.), from Latin donationem (nominative donatio) “a presenting, giving,” noun of action from past participle stem of donare “give as a gift,” from donum “gift,” from PIE *donum “gift” (cf. Sanskrit danam “offering, present,” Old Church Slavonic dani “tribute,” Lithuanian duonis “gift,” Old Irish dan “gift, endowment, talent,” Welsh dawn “gift”), from root *do- “to give” (see (n.1)).